What To Wear Under a Black Corduroy Sport Coat

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Pulling on your usual wool sport coat lends itself to a polished, somewhat dressed-up look; but a laid-back, black corduroy sport coat creates a bit of a rugged appearance. Its rich, visual texture and silhouette infuses a variety of looks with a hint of a casual, put-together attitude.

High Contrast

Skip your black trousers. Instead, create a high-contrast look for an edgy take on this laid-back classic. Imagine yourself in a pair of light-hued straight-leg jeans -- from pale blue to light gray. Add a white cotton, relaxed T-shirt or lightweight knit white sweater. If you're not excited about light-hued denim, reach for light-gray cotton twill pants instead. Slide your feet into laid-back, sand-hued shoes -- from canvas slip-ons to chukka boots.


Go for a relaxed, rugged look by pairing your black corduroy sport coat with distressed relaxed jeans. Reach for a pair of slim-fitting denim pants in a beat-up finish in light blue or medium gray. Pull on a relaxed, boxy, cotton button-front shirt in a soft hue such as pale blue, white or gray. Tuck the front of the shirt into your jeans, leaving the rest loose. Step into a pair of distressed, brown leather lace-up boots and you're done. Or, swap out the jeans for a pair of dark gray chinos. Roll the cuffs messily a couple times for a deconstructed vibe.

Urban Cool

Make this laid-back garment part of your urban ensemble by creating a minimalistic outfit. Start with a pair of deep charcoal or black jeans in a slim, straight fit. Add a knit top in a solid dark neutral such as black, charcoal or gray. Add your black sport coat and slide your feet into a pair of black boots -- from combat style to a simple, streamlined selection. When the temperature allows it, add a black knit beanie to your look or a chunky knit, oversize black scarf for an extra dose of urban cool simplicity.


If black corduroy sport coats send your mind reeling pictures of earlier fashions, create a heritage look by opting for early American-inspired garments. Start with a plaid button-front shirt and add a twill or corduroy vest, or a V-neck sweater over it; choose an earthy neutral, such as toffee brown or Army green. Pull on a pair of relaxed trousers in a dark-brown hue, gravitating toward corduroy or cotton twill. Add a structured brown leather belt to your outfit. Slide your feet into brown lace-up boots with an equestrian vibe. Pop on a pair of retro-inspired, tortoise-shell sunglasses. Add a canvas messenger bag in black, Army green or khaki for an extra vintage kick.